Re: participating communities (was XML Blueberry)
At 20:56 10/07/01, John Cowan wrote: >Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote: > > >>Meanwhile the existing XML code keeps working. >>Meanwhile, the existing XML code keeps working. >>Meanwhile, the existing XML code keeps working. > >>Meanwhile, the existing XML code keeps working at the same cost. > >>Meanwhile, the existing XML code keeps working. > > >If W3C does anything or nothing, or ISO does anything or >nothing, or private persons and organizations do anything, >or nothing, then existing code will work with existing >documents. Nothing that is not changed will change. >So that refrain is meaningless. It means: 'We keep our precious interoperability', which Blueberry threatens to destroy. After Blueberry, existing XML 1.0 parsers won't work with existing Blueberry documents. That's the problem. >The existing code will *not* keep working with the >privately extended documents, so the people who need >these private extensions will be second-class citizens. If a new XML version comes out, every XML 1.0 user will be forced to choose: to pay the cost to upgrade or to be a second-class XML citizen (no interoperability) until that cost is paid in full. Don't get me wrong. I would like to see a new and improved XML version, but, in my opinion, the good and desirable improvements included in Blueberry aren't big enough to justify the potentially huge costs a new XML version will impose on existing users and other people. Blueberry should strive to solve all problems in XML 1.0, and not only some of them.
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